Newark element14 and Eaton lead the way to safer implementation of short-circuit current ratings in preparation for 2017 NEC changes

Collaboration optimizes equipment SCCR for performance and economy

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Newark element14, the Development Distributor, and Eaton, technology leader in power management solutions, are actively preparing engineers to optimize equipment for new short-circuit protection requirements, as part of the updated 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). For buyers and engineers in industrial automation, manufacturing and electrical engineering, adhering to new short circuit current rating (SCCR) requirements will protect equipment and personnel from risks in short-circuit fault events. Newark element14 and Eaton have several resources available for more information on the critical changes to SCCR compliance, including an educational on-demand webinar and a compliance guide.

“At Newark element14, we strive to pave the way for our customers by offering support on regulatory requirements that affect their equipment and designs,” said Mike Ulch, global head electromechancial products, Premier Farnell. “Together with Eaton, we offer resources to help customers ensure the updated SCCR labelling requirements are properly implemented for the safety of equipment users and engineers.“

The NEC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require short-circuit current compliance to protect equipment and personnel from fault events. Without proper compliance and protection, short-circuit current faults can create safety hazards including shock, fire and projectile explosion.

“Equipment manufacturers and users must stay up to date on regulatory changes and requirements to ensure safety and top performance of equipment,“ said Tom Domitrovich, vice president, Technical Sales, Eaton. “Eaton and Newark element14 together make compliance easy, with resources to help customers implement an effective SCCR strategy.”

Changes to the National Electric Code for SCCR include requirements that available short-circuit currents are documented for equipment with industrial control panels and motor control centers, and marked on machinery, HVAC equipment, elevator control equipment, generator equipment, transfer equipment, energy storage equipment and battery systems equipment.

For more information, see Newark element14 and Eaton’s guide to SSCR Compliance and watch the on-demand webinar.


About the Premier Farnell Group

The Premier Farnell group is a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell focuses its offering around four core customer journeys:

  • Education to Maker – Premier Farnell is an official manufacturer of two of the most popular Maker Boards, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black, and exclusive manufacturer of educational programming boards such as the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. Customers are supported through, the largest online engineering and maker community, also providing support to educators and parents through its new STEM space.

  • Research and Design Services - Premier Farnell is the No.1 for Development Kits, having worked with the world’s leading Semiconductor companies to design and manufacture their latest development boards in house. A deep understanding and design knowledge of the latest Semiconductor Devices available also supports Premier Farnell’s broader design assistance offering, providing a similar service to customers of all sizes who are seeking additional engineering support.

  • Design through to Production – Premier Farnell provides an entire solution for design to manufacturing customers, with the broadest range of Semiconductor and Passive inventory available, a world class line card, same day despatch, a strong board level Interconnect proposition and growing Electromechanical proposition. In addition, it has the technical support capabilities to meet all customers’ needs, from simple cross-reference to complex design.

  • Bench to Board – Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of Test & Measurement equipment and a leading line card for all Tool & Production supplies supporting customers from the testing of initial designs to delivering essential maintenance activity to keep their operations running.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere.

Key facts:

  • Operations in 38 countries and 43 local language transactional websites

  • More than 3,500 leading suppliers

  • More than 650,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

  • More than 440,000 members of the element14 community

  • Leaders in providing information on REACH, Conflict Minerals and EU RoHS legislation

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